Seniors are more prone to slip-and-fall accidents as they age. If you’ve just had shower glass doors installed, take some time to improve the safety of your bathroom. Here are a few tips to follow.
How to Stay Safe in the Shower
1. Clear the Area
Remove clutter and any obstacles that can make you trip inside the shower or around it.
Install a shelf organizer for shampoo, soap, sponges, and other bathing supplies so they aren’t on the floor. Built-in soap dispensers on the wall are also helpful, reducing the need to bend or reach for necessities.
2. Opt for Non-Slip Surfaces
Tile can become quite slippery when moisture accumulates, increasing the risk of slipping.
Non-slip decals and mats make walking on shower and bathroom floors safer. Remove regular rugs, which can be tripping hazards.
3. Increase Illumination
The better you can see, the less likely it is that you’ll stumble on an obstacle or miss a slick spot on the floor.
Add plenty of lighting, especially around the sink and shower area. There are waterproof lights available for inside the enclosure. Nightlights that automatically turn on when you enter the room at night are also convenient.
4. Plan for the Future
If you plan to age in place, there are many accessibility products available to make the room even safer as you get older.
Install a shower bench and handheld showerhead to make bathing more comfortable and reduce the need for standing on wet flooring. Grab bars improve balance and help you navigate the room, making moving from toilets to showers and sinks easier. A plumber can also move the shower controls outside of the enclosure so you can turn on the water while on dry floors.
For shower glass doors in Rochester, NY, call Genesee Glass & Mirror. Since 1975, this glass company has installed enclosures for residents of Monroe County. If your shower glass doors need repairs, they offer mobile services to restore the safety of your bathroom as soon as possible. Call (585) 621-3580 to schedule an appointment, or visit them online for pictures of past projects.